DIMINISHED  SCALES  -  LEFT  HANDED




The Diminished scale is also known as a symmetrical scale because the fingering patterns are repeating making it easy to memorize and play. This scale is very popular in jazz and heavy metal music.
C Diminished Scale:
C
D
Eb
F
Gb
Ab
A
B
Scale Formula:
1
2
b3
4
b5
b6
6
7
Other types of scales use selected notes of a Diminished key and alter them as well. For example, the Blues scale formula is  1 -  b3 -  4 -  b5 -  5 -  b7. For other types of scale formulas refer to the SCALE FORMULAS page.
There are 3 types of scale fingering patterns shown below. The Caged system is the easiest pattern to learn and provides for a 2 octave range often in 1 hand position. All of the numbers in RED are the suggested fingerings. Once you memorize this fingering pattern you can reuse it by moving up or down the fretboard. Whatever note you start on is the 1st note of the scale.
Caged System - Root starting on 6th string




Caged System - Root starting on 5th string




Horizontal System - Uses more of the fretboard to give you a 3 octave range.




 




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